African American Studies

Requirements

  • Major and Minor in African American Studies

    The Major in African American Studies requires at least nine credits, while the Minor requires at least six credits.

    Requirements for the Major:

    1. One required introductory course:

    • Afam 110: Introduction to African American Studies

    2. Two required literature courses:

    • Afam 216: African American Literature I
    • Afam 217: African American Literature II

    3. One required history course:

    • Afam 254: African American History to 1865 or
    • Afam [number to be determined]: African American History 1865-present

    4. One required philosophy course:

    • Afam 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics or
    • Afam 271: African American Philosophy or
    • Afam 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery

    5. At least three electives from the following list with one at 300-level or above.  Additional courses listed above can be taken to count as electives and are listed below, but may not double count as both electives and required courses under the history or philosophy sections above:

    • Afam 205: Psychology of Prejudice
    • Afam 218: Blues Women in African American Literature
    • Afam 221: Cultures of Modern Africa
    • Afam 223: African American Environmental Culture from Slavery to Environmental Justice
    • Hist 226: American Civil War
    • Afam 227: History of Jazz
    • Afam 237: African American Religions
    • Afam 238: Hip-Hop, Race, & Culture
    • Afam 241: African American Drama and Theater
    • Afam 250: Dialogue: Race, Ethnicity, Religion
    • Afam 254: African American History to 1865
    • Afam [number to be determined]: African American History 1865-present
    • Afam 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics
    • Pols 270: Race and Criminal Justice
    • Afam 271: African American Philosophy
    • Comm 283: Race, Class, Gender, and the Media
    • Educ 310: Equity and Social Justice in Education
    • Afam 312: Black Metropolis
    • Afam 325: Black Literature of the 60s
    • Afam 328: Diasporan Writings
    • Afam 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery
    • Afam 361: Civil Rights Movement
    • Pols 363: The Fourteenth Amendment: Civil Rights and Equality

    A maximum of two credits may be earned through tutorials, research projects, creative projects or internships

    6. Senior Studies requirement

    • Senior Seminar

    Requirements for the Minor:

    Three required courses:

    • African American Studies 110: Introduction to African American Studies
    • African American Studies 216: African American Literature I
    • Independent Research Project to be approved by the African American Studies Chair.

    Three Elective Courses:

    Select courses from the following list. One of the three courses must be at the 300-level.

    • African American Studies 312: Black Metropolis: A Study of Black Life in Chicago
    • African American Studies 330: History and Philosophy of Slavery
    • Communication 380: Black Cinema
    • English 217: African American Literature II
    • English 218: Blues Women in African American Literature
    • English 325: Black Literature of the 60s and its Legacy
    • English 351: Junior Colloquium. Content varies depending on topic. Fulfills minor only when topic emphasizes African American experiences.
    • Environmental Studies 223: African American Environmental Culture from Slavery to Environmental Justice
    • History 226: American Civil War
    • History 230: African American History
    • History 306: Civil Rights Movement
    • Music 227: History of Jazz
    • Music 237: Hip-Hop, Race, & Culture
    • Philosophy 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics
    • Philosophy 271: African American Philosophy
    • Politics 217: African Politics
    • Politics 234: Urban Politics
    • Politics 242: Politics of the Third World
    • Politics 328: Topics in American Politics: Race
    • Psychology 205: Psychology of Prejudice
    • Sociology and Anthropology 221: Cultures of Modern Africa